SDCC 2018: Offsite Events

Greetings, Curious Crowd! Well, we’ve finally almost recovered from SDCC 2018. While there were a ton of fun things happening at the Convention Centre, as always, the fun spilled out into the street at the many SDCC offsites. Check out our recap of some of the highlights.

Funko Fundays

Jen:

This was our very first Fundays! Least to say, it was quite the experience, and also the event I was looking forward to the most. It was also the most stressful event as well pre-trip since I knew that there was a lot of swag that were given out at these events and I had no idea how I was going to bring them all home. Luckily, I made it home with all my goodies fairly intact! This year’s theme was high school prom circa 1983! With not that much time left to figure out how to best dress up for this theme, but made it work and repped the ladies of our group! The boys had nothing on me and my mega-glittered tulle skirted dress 😉! This was a great event because of our group. It was more fun to experience the event with our friends, and the swag is just a nice cherry on top. Check out this recap of all the new Funtastic items that are in the horizon!

 

Rach:

Fundays lived up to it’s name. And oh what a night! The 80’s game was strong and the gift bag game was even stronger. Fun fact, the kickass purple dress I rocked belonged to my grandmother which she had worn in the ’80’s. Authenticity, a check. Some highlights included the corn eating contest (I don’t think I can look at a can of corn the same way again), photo booth madness, awesome theme appropriate music, a surprise visit from David Harbour, incredible entertainers, Alex destroying the runway with this strut, and so much more. A massive thank you to the Funko crew for putting on one happening prom. Team Gremlins, thank you for rocking.

Ready Player One

Jen:

This offsite experience we just decided to try on a whim. The line was short, and in no time at all we were inside the experience! I don’t know what it is this year, but baby, the 80s are back in full force! From the music to the décor and artifacts, the exhibit was very well done. By the end of it, you were greeted by the Iron Giant (a beautiful statue). We then were able to do one of the challenge rooms. The room we got to do was identify a list of songs in the order they showed up on the tv screen in the room. A bunch of cassette tapes are lying all over the room with different artists labelled on it and as a group, work together to find the correct cassette tape for the song that was being played on the tv screen. Even though we didn’t get the VHS tape and vinyl record that they were secretly giving out to challengers, we still had a ton of fun doing this challenge with our friends.

Rach:

Is it just me or is everything ’80’s at the moment? Not complaining. In fact, quite the opposite. It was actually a happy accident that we stumbled across this offsite. The RPO team really put together a cool, retro, interactive fun house. It came complete with the creepy Shining hallway, a mirrored Rubix cube room, and a whole slew of retro games (undefeated air hockey champ here!). Thank you to Mike, Keisha, and her wonderful mama Noel for rocking the ’80’s music challenge with us. Whitney was literally looking down on us 😉

The Good Place

Jen:

This truly is the Good Place. How can you go wrong with a shrimp carousel, a cupcake cart, and free fro-yo? This offsite experience was another one that I was excited to go into. There were constant long lineups to this site, so finally on the last day of SDCC, we decided to just go for it and line up. They told us it would take about 2hrs to get through the line, but in reality, it only took us about an hour. We had pre-registered for the offsite experience and are we glad we did! It made our line up time shorter! The actors inside the experience were great, and it really felt like you were in the show. My only wish was that you had a bit more time inside the experience so you could take it all in even more because there is so much to see inside.

Rach:

Holy shirtballs! The Good Place was forking amazing. Or was it the Good Place?! *hehehe* As a more recent resident, I mean fan of the show, this was the one offsite I just had to see. Worth the early morning. Worth the wait. Michael greeted us, as did Janet (Good and Bad). They did not disappoint. I had a little chat with the Best Person, avoided the flying shrimp, and most importantly got my fro-yo! And there isn’t much that makes a party more spectacular than a giant ladybug crashing it. But let’s be honest here. Me. In the actual Good Place? Please, as if. *evil grin*

National Geographic: Cosmos

Jen:

A last-minute impulse venture, since we couldn’t go into Hall H after The Good Place panel, we decided to check out the offsite activities along the Harbour. We came across National Geographic’s Cosmos preview, narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. It wasn’t too long of a wait and the line kept moving fairly frequently, until we were the next group to go in and they shut down the line. Turned out Mr. Tyson himself was coming to the exhibit and would be watching the preview with the next group. We were so excited! They ended up mainly choosing people who were lined up behind us to view the video with Mr. Tyson. I wasn’t happy with this decision because I don’t think it’s the fairest way to proceed. Despite the fact I have the utmost respect for the documentaries that Nat Geo produces as I find them fascinating (and science does rock!), they could have handled this situation way better than how it actually unfolded. Other than that, the actual video was really cool. It felt like you were moving in space in an IMAX theatre, except it was standing room only.

Rach:

Not to brag or anything but we were mere feet away from the Neil deGrasse Tyson! *fangirl* *deep breath* I’m going to be extra and say that I felt my IQ go up a few points just being around him. He waved at the crowd like the physics royalty that he is. Motion to have Neil deGrasse Tyson narrate my life story please. Am I disappointed we didn’t get to meet him? A little. But seeing or rather hearing him do his thing was epic. Having the stars projected all around us in the Cosmos dome, gave me some much needed perspective. Also, never underestimate the power of an air-conditioned dome after baking in the sun. Don’t forget to check out Season 2 of Cosmos, March 2019

Game of Bloggers


Jen:

This was a new offsite event for us to attend this year and are honoured and grateful to be amougst friends as well as meeting other bloggers for the first time. There wasn’t any food at the event, but the drinks were tasty! We got swept away by the artists/fashion designers whom were showcased at the event. Especially 1138 Clothing and Jordandene. Some serious damage was done to both of our wallets that night. It was totally necessary to buy super cute nerdy clothes and pins. Overall, I enjoyed myself and seeing our group win some of the cool prizes and giveaways! Sidenote, the guys won all the nail wraps from Espionage Cosmetics.

Rach:

Another first for us at SDCC! Game of Bloggers. Met some old friends, made some new friends. Special shout out to Tim (Under the Capes) and Jordan (Jordandené). It’s always fun to meet people that you’ve admired from afar. All in all, GoB was a rather chill affair which included some really yummy drinks. What more can you ask for really! Big props to Tony for hosting us!


Ah, the memories… To those who were at SDCC this year, share with us your favourite offsite experiences. Comment below or tweet us!

And if you’re wondering, we left out one big offsite that we got the chance to attend, the Her Universe Fashion Show! We’ll have that post up shortly. Plus more from SDCC as well, so stay tuned!

‘Til next time,
Jen and Rach

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